SSEH5687 Physical Ergonomics

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit covers topics such as manual handling, epidemiology and accident statistics, worker physical assessments, occupational overuse syndrome, office and computer ergonomics, thermal regulation, slips and falls, effects of vibration and noise, and occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) be aware of the range and diversity of the field of ergonomics; (2) systematically analyse tasks from biomechanical, motor control and physiological approaches; (3) understand the basic legislation concerns in industry (in the Australian jurisdiction); and (4) have a basic understanding of, and be able to find, epidemiological data on workplace injury and disease.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a final examination; (2) a seminar presentation; and (3) major group assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tim Ackland
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330)
or
the Master of Exercise Science (52510)
or
the Master of Health Science (71540)
or
the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520)
or
the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Advisable prior study:
foundation courses in human anatomy and biomechanics
Incompatibility:
SSEH3387 Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics in Industry (formerly HMES3387 Human Performance in Industry)
Contact hours
lectures/seminars: 3 hours per week
Text

Kroemer, K. H. E. Fitting the Task to the Human: a Textbook of Occupational Ergonomics, 6th edn: Taylor & Francis 2009

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